Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Chris Collins To Leave Duke For Head Coaching Job At Northwestern

Chris Collins
According to an OSG source Duke associate head coach Chris Collins has accepted an offer from Northwestern to become the new head coach of the Wildcats.
For 12 years Collins has worked on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff at Duke. 

Jeff Goodman of CBS first reported that Collins was taking the Northwestern gig. 
According to Goodman Collins and Northwestern administrators met on Monday and an announcement is expected Wednesday.

It’s a good move by Northwestern, a program that has never played in the NCAA Tournament.
Collins comes from an ultra-highly successful program with similar academics as Northwestern so on the surface this is a perfect fit.  Hiring Collins will not guarantee an NCAA Tournament berth for the Wildcats but it gives the players and fans hope when you look at his background.

A pair of former Mike Krzyzewski assistant coaches and former guards for Coach K as well have taken over programs with high academic standards and enjoyed success.
Tommy Amaker coached Harvard into the NCAA Tournament this year and upset New Mexico in the first round screwing up every office pool bracket across the country.
Amaker’s backcourt mate when he played at Duke, Johnny Dawkins has led Stanford to the post-season the last few years.
Another former Duke guard, Bobby Hurley, was hired by the University of Buffalo as the Bulls head coach.
The Mike Krzyzewski coaching tree keeps growing branches.

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